AFC Sudbury - Tacey plans squad shake-up

INJURED: James Smith, left. became the latest victim of the AFC Sudbury injury curse on Tuesday, with assitant manager Michael Shinn reporting he has broken his ankle           MSFP-31-07-12 BC 046
INJURED: James Smith, left. became the latest victim of the AFC Sudbury injury curse on Tuesday, with assitant manager Michael Shinn reporting he has broken his ankle MSFP-31-07-12 BC 046
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AFC Sudbury manager Chris Tracey has revealed he is ready to wield the axe as he looks to turn around the club’s stuttering start to the season.

As the club’s injury crisis deepened with the news defender James Smith broke his ankle during Tuesday’s 1-1 home draw with Thamesmead Town, Tracey said he is ready to dispense with those he sees as not 100 per cent committed.

Tuesday’s result, the first of three home games in 11 days with Brentwood Town visiting Saturday (3pm), left AFC in 15th position — 11 points from the play-offs and four from the bottom three in Ryman One North.

“It is disappointing because it is 12 games without a win (eight in the league) but we are getting stronger,” said Tracey, who has brought in former Sudbury team-mate Ian Brown from Hadleigh United as first-team coach. “I will be looking to bring hungrier people in.

“Obviously people will have to go, football management is about juggling all the time.”

He added: “Certain players need to look at themselves.

“It is not just what goes on on a Saturday and a Tuesday night, it is their attendance at other things so maybe that is why they will be leaving.

“When you are in a situation — and I don’t for one minute think we will remain down the bottom end of the table — you don’t realise until certain players don’t play how much of a miss they are for you.”

Leon Antoine’s hamstring will keep him out for another few weeks while club captain Clarke’s fractured arm remains in a brace, but James Baker did fitness work on Tuesday and sees a specialist about his broken wrist on Monday.

Asked if he had to reset their promotion target after their barren run, Tracey said: “We can still get 90 points — I have got the full backing of everyone at the club and it hasn’t gone wrong at all.

“The sides that finished in the top two last season had 10 points from 10 and we have 11 now from 12.”

Of youngster Fred Howe being dropped following some eye-catching performances, Tracey said: “Sometimes it doesn’t matter how the goalkeeper is playing, if the guys in front of him don’t have confidence in him then that makes them nervy and they don’t play to the best of their ability.

“It was my decision and I don’t think it is going to do Fred’s confidence any good playing in a side that are getting thumped and letting a lot of goals in.”

Meanwhile, Stuart Fergus and Danny Green have both left the club.